Charles Michael Walker Jr. shot, killed in Hillcrest Heights
Updated: February 20, 2013 - 10:03 am
A double shooting in Forestville Tuesday evening left a Suitland High School student dead, making him the sixth student to be murdered in just under six months. The 18-year-old is the second Suitland High student to be fatally shot in just over 24 hours.
Brian Coleman from Prince George's County Public Schools on Wednesday told ABC7 Wednesday that additional security will be on hand at school following the student deaths. In a statement, school officials say grief counselors will be at school as long as they're needed.
Around 5:30 p.m., the student, who sources tell ABC7 is 18-year-old Aaron Kidd, and another man were shot in the 3700 block of Donnell Drive in Forestville. The second victim is in grave condition, Prince George's County police say.
On Monday afternoon, Charles Walker Jr. was shot and killed in the 4000 block of 28th Avenue at about 4:20 p.m. Prince George's County Police officials say the suspect was after a shopping bag the teen was carrying. Walker's friends and family say he was taking the new Timberland boots to his girlfriend.
“He was going to give his girlfriend [the shoes]," student Nico Williams said. "He was walking and somebody said, 'Give me them shoes,' and he said no, and somebody pulled a gun."
Angie Miller said she called 911 after seeing the body on the ground.
"I said, 'Baby, you okay? He didn't respond.' I said, 'Baby, you okay,'" she recalled.
Miller said she saw the shopping bag and shoe box not far from Walker's body.
Walker was taken to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Detectives combed the neighborhood for clues in the immediate aftermath of the shooting.
"The investigators do have some leads that they are working but nothing that they want to share," said Prince George's County Police Lt. William Alexander.
The teen's murder has neighbors shaken.
"It's never too bad around here," Temple Hills resident Jackie Williams said. "To see something like this is just tragic."
Walker's brother, Tyrek, 14, says his mother is overcome with grief.
"She can't even do nothing. She broke down to her knee," Tyrek said."It just messed up my whole life."
Maryland State's Attorney Angela Alsobrooks said, "I am really enraged that a young person in our community with a shopping bag can't walk down the street without being shot in the back."
Walker's friend, Floyd Littler, echoes that sentiment, adding he doesn't want to hear of another friend's funeral.
"It's just sad. High school kids getting killed, people getting killed over a pair of shoes," Little said.
Walker is the fifth Prince George's County student to be murdered this school year, while Kidd's murder became the sixth.
Back in August, Amber Stanley, a 17-year-old honors student at Flowers High School, was killed during an apparent home invasion in Kettering. Just over two weeks later, Marckel Ross was shot as he walked alone to Central High School along Old Central Avenue. No arrests have been made in their deaths.
On Dec. 5, Eliezer B. Reyes,14, was gunned down as he stood in the 2200 block of Sheridan Street in Lewisdale. Officials were looking into the possibility that the shooting was gang related. Two men were arrested in connection with Reyes' death.
Sixteen-year-old Marcus Jones was fatally shot as he left a birthday party in Fort Washington on Jan. 19. Akil Darnell Ings, 17, and Kquantae Markies Fisher, 19, are accused in Jones' death. Police are searching for a third suspect.
In a press conference Tuesday, police say they expect to make arrests in four of the cases by the end of next week.
If you have any information that can help police, call the department's homicide unit at (301) 772-4925.